take our "What Kind of New Yorker are You?" quiz, write your own monologue and discuss the show with your family. For each show in the season, we post a new Family Activity, so keep an eye out here on our blog for more activities, designed just for you!
The Generation NYZ
performers illuminate, in their own words, the challenges and joys of growing up in New York City and all that goes into making our city inclusive, gritty, determined, creative and rich with community. In this activity, write a monologue using interview-based theater techniques.
A pen or pencil and a sheet of paper, this activity template
Download the template and print it out. There should be one for everyone.
Take a moment and fill out the template individually. It's ok if you leave some blank.
Play some music while doing this step!
Read them aloud to each other. Have a conversation if there were any trends or surprises that you heard.
Now it's time to "write" your piece. Using the different lines like puzzle pieces, decide on an order in which you're going to say your group monologue. You can also decide to write individual monologues and then piece them together. For example, maybe everyone says "I am" at the same time.
Use the show as a point of inspiration. They used theatrical devices like:
- Claps for transitions
- Choral speak (where multiple people say something at the same time)
- Performers acting as characters in other performers' stories
Practice and perform!
New York City is a place like no other, and it attracts people from all over the world. With such a large concentration of people, you never know who you are going to meet. Inspired by the popular page Humans of New York
, hit the streets and tell your New York Story!
A camera, something to write with, like a pen and a piece of paper or a computer
Scroll through the Humans of New York
page and find one or two posts that inspire you.
Share them with your family and have a conversation about why you chose those posts.
Now it's your turn to decide where you want to take your own Humans of New York-style photo. It should be a place that has meaning to you or a place where you feel most at home. For example, do you love picnicking in Prospect Park during the summers? If you do, then you could take a photo there!
Decide on an outfit that you want to wear in your photo. It should represent who you are!
Go out and have a photo shoot!
Once you have your photo either print it out or upload it onto your computer. Write the reasons why this place in New York is important to you and post it on social media with the hashtag #GenerationNYZ for everyone to see!